Lack of re­spect for vot­ers is in­sult­ing

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, With re­gard to the let­ter writ­ten by Don­ald J Mor­ri­son ( The an Ti es, March 23), could I be so bold as to make a few points?

The first and most ob­vi­ous is his lack of re­spect for fel­low vot­ers who in 2015 gave the SNP the largest per­cent­age of votes of any gov­ern­ment in north­ern Europe and the UK for many years. In ad­di­tion, it is worth point­ing out to him that 56 of the 59 MPs elected were SNP.

Mr Mor­ri­son also makes a few as­ser­tions about the First Min­is­ter, some of a sex­ist na­ture. He says: ‘She can’t ac­cept re­al­ity. Like a wee girl hav­ing un­con­trolled tantrums.’ In a past life I was a teacher and I can at­test to see­ing as many boys hav­ing tantrums as girls.

Mr Mor­ri­son also thinks she is stub­born and bit­ter and needs to ‘lie down in a dark­ened room’. I think Mr Mor­ri­son should heed his own ad­vice as there seems a fair amount of bit­ter­ness in his let­ter.

In fact, Mr Mor­ri­son’s rant has lit­tle ba­sis in fact and is a mix of as­ser­tion, as­sump­tion and bil­ious imag­i­na­tion. Take, for ex­am­ple, the use of such terms as ‘in­de­pen­dence ri­fle’ and ‘Brexit bul­lets’ to be fired at those south of Hadrian’s wall. In­sult­ing stuff, par­tic­u­larly when he as­sumes those who have a dif­fer­ent opin­ion to him are not sane. Pre­sum­ably, if we are not sane then we must be in­sane, which is an in­ter­est­ing way to get our at­ten­tion.

To add in­sult to in­jury, he re­sorts to the ‘too wee, too poor’ ar­gu­ment, hav­ing as­sumed we are also too stupid to form a valid opin­ion based on many fac­tors, none of which re­lates to an­i­mos­ity against our neigh­bours and friends south of the bor­der.

In terms of the SNP gov­ern­ment and its pe­riod in of­fice, we have an im­proved NHS per­form­ing sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter than the rest of the UK de­spite in­creas­ing pres­sures, more young peo­ple pass­ing ex­ams and go­ing on to higher ed­u­ca­tion, vi­o­lent crime at an all-time low, stu­dents not pay­ing tu­ition fees, free pre­scrip­tions and bus passes.

Per­son­al­is­ing the de­bate rather than mak­ing a mea­sured and re­spect­ful ar­gu­ment smacks of des­per­a­tion and I sus­pect we will see more of it over the next cou­ple of years - but I hope not. aid on ae ty ayie.

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